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Once Again, the Religious Right Lies About Hate Crimes Law

By Casey Sanchez on May 19, 2009 - 9:04 am, Posted in Anti-LGBT

A proposed new federal hate crimes law would allow prosecution of crimes motivated by bias against homosexuality or “gender identity,” among other characteristics, and provide funding for the feds to go after hate criminals who local authorities fail to investigate or prosecute. But in their alternate universe, religious-right anti-gay groups have seized upon the act’s language protecting Americans of all “sexual orientations” to claim that it’s all a stealth operation aimed at legally protecting people with deviant sexual fetishes, including necrophilia and bestiality.

On May 5, for instance, the Illinois Family Institute (IFI) issued a claim that the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act would extend legal protections to pedophiles and necrophiliacs — those who are sexually attracted to children and human corpses, respectively — along with people with 545 other paraphilias. (Paraphilias are psychosexual disorders, typically involving sexual interest in non-human objects, non-consenting partners, or pain and humiliation. They do not include homosexuality, which is not considered a disorder by the American Psychiatric Association or any similar association of medical experts.)

The act says no such thing.  After being contacted by writers at BoxTurtleBulletin, a blog that fact-checks anti-gay propaganda, the group issued a May 12 correction, though it did not bother to edit or delete the offending article on its website.

They weren’t the only ones. Exodus International, an “ex-gay” umbrella group that advocates so-called “conversion therapies” for homosexuals, formerly claimed on its website that the “APA [American Psychological Association] recognizes 30 human sexual orientations” including, among others, incest, prostitution and “telephone scatalogia.” That message appeared as a pop-up any time a reader scrolled over the word “orientation” on the Exodus website. After being reached by Ex-Gay Watch, a website that critically monitors the ex-gay movement, Exodus silently corrected pop-ups on its website to note, like IFI, that “sexual orientation,” in fact, refers to heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality. Period.

Other anti-gay groups simply keep on lying. The Liberty Counsel, a legal advocacy firm founded by the late Jerry Falwell, still claims that “[t]he hate crimes bill does not limit ‘sexual orientation’ or ‘gender identity’ and, thus, includes all these disorders and fetishes.” The far-right news site World Net Daily published a May 4 article headlined, “Next on Senate agenda? ‘Pedophile Protection Act’/‘Hate crimes’ law definitions would protect 547 sex ‘philias.’” Citizenlink, the magazine of the Focus on the Family, the nation’s largest Christian Right organization, didn’t mince words: “Even more concerning, the legislation could create special protection for pedophiles.” James Dobson, the group’s founder and president took the smear one step further, saying in a broadcast: “We have to assume that protection under the law would be extended to the 30 sexual disorders identified as such by American Psychiatric Association.” Dobson then went on to read a list that included incest and voyeurism. “I have to ask,” Dobson fulminated. “Have we gone completely mad?  We’re going to protect all 30 of these forms of sexual perversion?”

No, we’re not. If any of these groups took as much time to read the hate crimes bill — or even newspaper accounts of it — as they did skimming psychiatric diagnostic manuals, they would know the Matthew Shepard Act does no such thing.  But truth has not been of much interest to religious-right, anti-gay groups in their struggle against the perils of homosexuality. Most of these groups also have claimed that the proposed law would allow authorities to throw into prison pastors who made statements from the pulpit opposing homosexuality. That, too, is completely false. What the act would really do includes:

•    Authorize federal authorities to investigate and prosecute hate crimes when state or local authorities fail to do so.
•    Increase funding to state and local authorities to prosecute hate crimes, including those based on religion, race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.

The act is named after Matthew Shepard, a college student in Wyoming who in 1998 was beaten, tied to a fence, tortured and left in a coma to die by his assailants. Prosecutors and police showed that Shepard was targeted because he was gay — something that some religious right groups have also falsely claimed is untrue.

  • http://bullyvention.com Viraj Puri

    Hate crime is a category used to describe bias-motivated violence: “assault, injury, and murder on the basis of certain personal characteristics:

  • Dakotahgeo

    Gene,
    What a sad, negative post by you. Contrary to your position, cultures never die. They are part of us and even if we do not partake of the hundreds of cultures around us, other nations and people practice them. Heritages are with us until we die, and then our offspring take over.
    Oh my, no no no. Cultures and heritage will never die or go away! It just depends on your attitude and ability to accompany them or to die off yourself.
    Have a good day and I hope you have a brighter outlook as time passes by.
    Peace,
    Dak!

  • carrisima

    @potter
    From carrisima
    Too bad you feel this way because in the scope of things — it’s not about us at all — It’s about G-d.
    The most amazing thing about humanity — we can change our minds upon receiving valid information that can impact our thinking. One gay person accused me of “strattling the fence” among other things when I expressed belief in basic civil rights for ALL people, even gays. The state court systems have given our most vulnerable children to the dogs — to be recruited within gaydom by granting adoptions, foster parenting, big brothers org., school teachers, etc. Then our children are inundated by solicitations, TV and movie propoganda portraying gays in action. Since protecting our children is a moot issue — then nothing else really matters. I will be among the people from california (mind you, not necessarily born again christians — whose small numbers probably didn’t even make a dent in that election) — just hardworking folk who sees through the crooked facade and agenda of sexual deviancy and indecency — and whose rejection of that proposition caused outrage in gaydom. Continue to call heteros who refuse to believe in your sleezy agenda “haters and homophobic”. Straddling is what I did, but no more. So, with my tail between my legs I will retreat to the closet as my fellow californians obviously have done for the moment. Over and out.

  • Potter

    carrisma
    First, until I see the rotten fruit I can’t tell tell them (Christians) apart. BTW, I don’t see too many kindnesses done in the name of Christ. (In fact, at my grandmas old church I heard the preacher state time and again that belief was much more important than good works. Didn’t see good works, but heard a lot of what they all claimed to believe.)

    Secondly, you are stating to me that your understanding of your faith is not an opinion or idea. So you are stating that my experience and religious belief is wrong? Well I am used to that. I’ve met very few Christians who haven’t told me I’m wrong and they are right.

    I am frustrated at Christians arguing with me over who destroyed my home. I know that the motives claimed are based on the Christian beliefs of the criminals and their families. The judge, law enforcement, parents, and my family all believed that they were truthful about their motives. you may claim that they aren’t Christian, but they claim they are.

    Please understand, trying to convince me that ALL those Christians who are unkind aren’t real Christians is like being a Muslim and trying to convince the victims of Muslim violence that they are wrong to distrust Muslims. Moderate Muslims say the same thing you are saying about hateful Muslims.
    I say it is time for Muslims and Christians to stop trying to convince their victims that we are wrong and do something to prove it.
    Police those who call themselves Christian. Convince them that they are wrong, not their victims.
    Then, when you hear about someone being treated poorly because they aren’t Christian, do something kind for that person so that they understand not all Christians are scary.
    We know you by your fruits.

  • Dakotahgeo

    carrisiam,
    Your constant ranting makes me ashamed to be a Christian. You have no more idea of what or where hell is than a heathen.
    This idea that self-taught fundies who take verses out of context in Scripture for their own personal twisted views are what Jesus Christ warned us against…zealots and Pharisees.
    The oxymoron, “hateful Christian”, may be an oxymoron to you, but it is very evident in today’s “c”hristian church. You are a glowing example of such moronic thinking.
    Just needing to prod you a little bit…and please…you look better without the sheepskin.
    Dakotahgeo

  • carrisima

    The expression a hateful christian is an oxymoron and a contradiction in terms. It’s not just my opinion or an idea.
    Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, made it quite clear how to recognize wolves in sheeps clothing:
    (Luke 13:24)
    The words of Christ

    A Tree is Known by Its Fruit
    (Luke 6:43-44)
    15“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are savage wolves. 16You will know them by their fruit. Grapes aren’t gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles, are they? 17In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a rotten tree produces bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, and a rotten tree cannot produce good fruit. 19Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into a fire. 20So by their fruit you will know them.”

    And my understanding is that that fire is very very HOT!
    carrisima

  • Potter

    Jack,
    So instead of throwing the “baby out with the bathwater” so to speak with hate crimes legislation, would you have a problem with it if a hate crime was proved in a court of law?
    As I read the legislation, it is written to where a hate crime must be proved. But if perhaps you read it as vague, why not push for tightening the the requirements of proof rather than doing away with the protections it would offer some of us who find ourselves the victims of hate crimes.

  • Potter

    carrisma,
    I appreciate your kind words and believe that you believe that these people aren’t Christian because they aren’t like you, and you obviously are self identified as a Christian.
    Also you are obviously one of those “love centered” Christians I rarely run across. That gives us hope of finding common ground.
    What I am afraid you don’t realize (completely) is that the vast majority of people where I live who claim Christianity as their religion aren’t like you, and might claim that you aren’t a real Christian. I hear it all the time. You do admit that there are churches that preach hate, so perhaps you will believe me when I claim that where I live in the rural deep south this is the rule, not the exception. So that being said; this is a not an unusual tone for our experience of Christianity for me and my non-Christian family and friends, albeit the most traumatic one. Up until this event, I really thought that they would limit their intolerance of my not being Christian to threats of hell and being snubbed.
    I must tell you that I still believe that the people who did this ARE Christians. They claim to be. I am also frustrated that you believe that I am somehow unfairly attacking/blaming Christians. Go back to my page and read all of my comments if you really want to understand me. I NEVER attacked anyone and as you will see, I never am rude or angry towards those who are to me. I have my faith too and I cannot attack anyone because of it.

    As far as the people who did this and the KKK are concerned, they claim Christianity. They claimed to be, therefore they are. They claimed to be practicing the beliefs taught to them, and that those beliefs are labeled Christian. Unless you can come down here and point out the REAL Christians to me, I will remain cautious of anyone who claims that label. As I stated on my channel, I can’t tell who the kind and loving Christians are as opposed to the hateful ones apart until I know them well.

    As far as the young men who did this are concerned, they even admitted that the reason that they did this was because they heard/knew that I wasn’t Christian. Back then I was pretty open about it because I mistakenly thought that people couldn’t be that hateful.

    BTW, You are correct that they painted KKK and skinheads slogans. Turns out they weren’t officially affiliated. This doesn’t matter. We didn’t know they weren’t until they were caught.

    This horrible act was to scare us. It worked. It scared our non-Christian friends too, therefore it was an act of terror and therefore a hate crime and not just a trashing of someones home.

    Because of this, and other acts of terror in this nation, I believe that crimes designed to create terror should be recognized as such, and have a designation of hate and terror attached to them.
    The young men who did this only have records of vandalism. This was not simple vandalism, but anyone looking at their record would never know the true nature of their crimes. I think that is wrong. Hate crimes legislation would fix this.

  • carrisima

    Dear Potter,
    I viewed your youtube and am so sorry for you and your family. I wholeheartedly agree this is an atrocity of unbelievable proportion, an offense and a breach of basic human rights in the USA that should effect us ALL and that should be dealt with by the feds. In fact, there are federal and state laws already in place which addresses these terrible events effectively. I hope you are in the loop in receiving this help. This country was founded partially because of religious persecution.

    You said that these were not organized hate groups — but in the clip of your property scrolled across wreckage were the words kkk and skinhead. So, if these are supposed to be christians who are at fault my explanation is that they are certainly NOT christians. They are no more christian than white southern churches which promoted slavery and racism. They are no more christian than those hypocrites who practiced segregation in the south and held lynching parties. They are no more christian than the people who discriminate in housing and employment. They are no more christian than those who opposed mexicans looking for a better way of life in the USA. They are no more christian than those who hate gays or hate anyone else for that matter because of their preferences. They are no more christian than the nazis of germany. They are no more christian than the fighting catholics and protestants of Ireland. Do you really think Go-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob recognizes hateful, crazed people in his Heaven or on his earth? Do you really think that this is the love of Christ? Sometimes people loosely use the tag christian when they are in fact the children of perdition. So, PLEASE stop wrongfully blaming Christians. These people who did this thing to you are certainly not Christians. From one who knows — carrisima

  • Jack

    ‘When someone targets one victim because of the group he belongs too, and then commits a crime against that person because of his belonging to that group, that person is NOT the only person targeted.’

    Sometimes. Sometimes not. And ‘hate crime’ laws don’t require that be the case and proven. When exactly does offensive thought/speech become criminal conduct? With a blurry line, the prosecutor will inevitably push it well into protected civil liberty territory. That’s why it’s both practical and in the interest of liberty to keep politics out of criminal law and keep that law clean and precise. Hate crime law has been abused (see Jacobs & Potter) and will ALWAYS be abused. It’s just too tempting for overzealous prosecutors not to or they could be pressured to by a politician. And adding the federal government to the picture is just more opportunity for civil liberty to be violated.

  • Potter

    carrisma and everyone else who is confused about hate crime legislation:
    Hate crimes legislation would have protected me and my family. My home was destroyed by self styled white supremacist. They were not members of an organized hate group. They chose on their own to destroy/vandalize our home because of mine and my family’s being “out” as non-Christians. My mother still lives in this home and hides. I am afraid to admit to being Buddhist to anyone. Everyone who knows us and is non-Christian now knows how dangerous it is to be freely non-Christian. The hate based terror worked.
    Vandalism is not punished much; but if the hate crime (which is obvious) had been punished, their might have been jail time, or at least a record for these boys. There would also have been a message sent to those who might to similar crimes. As it was, they were able to perpetrate terror for the “price” of a simple misdemeanor.
    This is all that this legislation would change. It would have been a lot to my family and religious community.

    You can read more and see photos of our home if you wish.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/ruralpotter

  • carrisima

    If the bill is aimed at dissolving and destroying hate groups such as skin head and KKK — then it would be a useful law. If the primary aim is to protect only gays with a position that the world hates them if they do not agree with their agenda, and can flagrantly challenge by law the rights of those dissenters under the guise of hate, then forget it. Propaganda works both ways.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Thank you, Darius, for a well thought out position. If one person is in danger from the anti-gay or anti-everybody crowd,
    we all are.
    The problem here is that the GLBT people have been targeted
    more often because of who they are. This is very repressive.
    Thankfully, something is being done about the imbalance. It can’t come soon enough!
    Peace,
    Dakotahgeo!

  • http://www.niot.org Darius

    I think the rhetoric is getting a little thick in here. This is a very good article that points out the problems with the comments from the groups that are right of center. The left of center crowd should also be aware that preaching from the heavens (so to speak) is not how you get people to understand, empathize and rethink their positions on the issue. The real issue at question is very simple. It is not about sex, homosexuality, immorality, heterosexuality, or anything of that sort. If you support hate crime legislation then including the LGBT community is very logical and the next step because, while crime has been decreasing in America hate crimes have been increasing. If you do not support hate crime legislation then whether a person is black, asian, gay, straight or otherwise is immaterial to the fact that you do not believe in any hate crime laws. So I believe that people should take step back, breath and then make rational logical arguments. Not factually false arguments like the right leaning groups or ad hominem argument like left leaning groups.

  • Steven Terrell

    Dakotahgeo, good morning. Glad to see you are continuing your daily dose of bluster.

    Treason. That’s interesting. But it still proves my point. Finger pointing and blustering are the key tatics of the person who suffers from an inferiority and insecurity complex.

    Ilk, I love that word. My ilk, your ilk, we all have an ilk.

    We lost the election because there were two democrats running. One is a socialist, one is a RINO. Both very poor choices.

    See you later Dakotahgeo. I can hardly wait to read your next bluster/rant. You always give me my first smile and laugh of the day.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Steve,
    Maybe that is why you and your ilk lost the last two elections.
    While you were being amused, the rest of us were working to make this a better country.
    I would not entertain blustering in such a mess we are in. Could it be that you are more guilty of treason?

    Jus’ wonderin’! ;-)

    Dakotahgeo!

  • Steven Terrell

    Dakotahgeo, once again you make my point. More hate filled, derogatory comments.

    Experience has taught me one thing, a person who resorts to personal attacks in a debate of issues does so because they are trying to defend their indefensible stance on the issue. They haven’t any facts so they bluster. It’s like they bring a knife to a gun fight and then whine when losing.

    Please continue with your bluster. I find you highly amusing and your true colors shine forth.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Ahhhhhhhh, carrisima!!!
    You are sitting on the fence again. Make up your mind. The facts remain that most pedophiles are heterosexual, married men. How do you justify your stand with proven statistics like that?
    You need to do a very basic research on this entire issue before you go “Old Faithful” on us. Exercise that brain and feed it more than tofu three times a day.
    Dakotahgeo

  • carrisima

    One case in point. A 14 year old relative became involved in the Big Sister program (a branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters USA). The big sister she was assigned was quite nice and amicable. But why on earth would she tell the child she was a lesbian? WHY??? This is akin to a heterosexual or homosexual man telling a child how much fun he has having sex with little kids. This behaviour on the part of the big sister was totally uncalled for in her position and out of order. There is a degree of common decency missing in the gay agenda.

  • carrisima

    I believe people should live the way they wish without jamming their moral or immoral values down our throats — ALL people are entitled to basic civil and human rights under our constitution — whether religious or atheist. The facts are most sexual deviant behaviours are rooted in homosexuality — we cannot ignore statistics. Be that as it may, the homosexual population is about 1 percent in the USA, yet it carries more political clout than let’s say the NAACP. There are gays who are haters of those who do not share their views. There are also gays who are racists. There are varying degrees of homosexuality — full blown homosexuality is recognizable by appearance and mannerism — why is this? Is the agenda to show the world men can hold hands and smooch in public? Sex — and progation by recruitment — the agenda is solely sexual. An agenda based solely on sex is simply immoral. Hand holding notwithstanding.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Thank you, Andy Armitage!
    My feelings exactly! Every once in a while I see two men kissing and sometimes they act embarrassed when they see me smiling.
    I love to go up to them, ask them why they are embarrassed, and congratulate them for being true to themselves and to the public people who support them.
    Totally beautiful!
    Again, my Thanks!
    Pastor Dak!

  • Dakotahgeo

    Steve Terrell, thank you for your misguided post, heh heh heh.
    No,actually, I’m a very non-hateful person…toward human beings and animals. You do not fit into either category.
    I stand by my posts. I’ve seen enough violence against the GLBT population to support my stand.
    The Matthew Shepard Hate Crime only makes it possible to investigate the crimes and bring charges forward when proven.

    C’mon now, you really are a kindergarten dropout, right? Think for yourself and read the facts. Don’t just believe the swill that your RRR conservative friends vomit out for your pleasure.
    And I can’t believe you have more than 3 teeth. You should
    have brushed more often sans the fluoride. Heh heh heh.
    Pastor Dak Pastor/Chaplain

  • http://ptt-blog.blogspot.com Andy Armitage

    Carrisima wrote: “I admire the gay person who can covertly pull off blending in with the rest of us keeping sex where it belongs — in the bedroom — this is representative of basic decency . . .”

    The point is, why should they? Provided they don’t frighten the horses, why should gay people hide their love while hetties can walk the streets hand in hand, kiss in public, hug to say hello or goodbye, without attracting one bigoted (or even curious) raised eyebrow. Why should gay people have to make do with, say, just a handshake or a “Seeya, buddy”? You talk out of total, unalloyed bigotry, my friend.

    You then spout this: “I don’t think there is a parent out there who would wish their son or daughter to be ‘gay’ even though in this day and age, loving parents would accept this deviant behavior posing as a legal orientation and positive lifestyle.”

    The reason why many parents would not wish to have child who is gay is that there are people with your views of what you think is deviant behaviour. Why would a parent want to expose a gay kid to views like yours, and see that kid hated and reviled?

    A lot of people are gay. Get used to it, pal.

  • AJseemsGay

    @ carrisima said,

    on May 22nd, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I will always have trouble with a group whose total identity and existence is strictly sexual by its very names…(the base population do not require such identity)…
    —————————-
    Are you referring to the base population that identifies as “heterosexual”? Is it “heterosexuals” that you are claiming do not require such identity? Really? Oh my.

  • http://www.eloquentbooks.com/HolyShitABriefLookAtChristianitysProblems.html Dauson Lovi

    People will fight for that which they least know about… hince the success of right wing Christianity.

  • carrisima

    I will always have trouble with a group whose total identity and existence is strictly sexual by its very names “gay” and “homosexual” (the base population do not require such identity) — regardless of whether one believes that we ALL should be able to exercise our basic civil rights. Now those out there can lambast me for my stance — but note the cool silence among the masses did not prevent the defeat of California’s gay rights bill. This came as a total surprise as even free-thinkers — generally sensible people (not necessarily christians or far righters) are hotly criticized for disagreeing with the far left agenda — thus this is the silent majority implementing the power of the vote — thus the overreaction is for the far left to unfairly cry “haters” thus continuing to alienate those representing normalcy.
    Whether we like it or not, the facts are that most deviant sexual behaviors and fetishes indicated in the article have very strong associations with homosexuality – and recruitment into the gay base — the ONLY means of propogation. Moreover, I don’t think there is a parent out there who would wish their son or daughter to be “gay” even though in this day and age, loving parents would accept this deviant behavior posing as a legal orientation and positive lifestyle. I admire the gay person who can covertly pull off blending in with the rest of us keeping sex where it belongs — in the bedroom — this is representative of basic decency — but it appears that very few can pull it off.

  • Steven Terrell

    My, my Dakotahgeo!! You said,”if it were not for the angry, biased haters”.

    Well pal you just described yourself! Your entire post was filled with hateful and derogatory statements against conservatives. We are a “minority” according to the Democratic Socialist Party of America.

    Maybe SPLC will give you your own designation as a “hate group”. You certainly have enough hate to qualify!

  • Dakotahgeo

    Potter, I’ve waited a long time to read a post such as yours because I could not have written it any better or agreed with it more!
    People need to understand that if it were not for the angry, biased haters out there who victimize the “MINORITIES,” no, we would not need “special” laws. Special…my foot! These self-appointed RRR conservatives feed on the ignorance and arrogance of their followers!
    I would like to see the tables turned for one day and these haters become the victims…then we would see a whole new crop of minorities “crying” for protection.
    Sorry, you poops are way out of your league. I don’t think most of you even have a 4th grade education. Maybe you even have 2-3 teeth in your mouth.
    My, my!!!
    Dakotahgeo

  • Potter

    To those who believe that this law would give “More Rights” to minorities; (I’m talking about you, Larry.) I will explain just one of the reasons why this is not true.

    Hate crimes are forms of terrorism.

    When someone targets one victim because of the group he belongs too, and then commits a crime against that person because of his belonging to that group, that person is NOT the only person targeted. The victim is a symbol/message too other members of that group. The message is very clear: “Watch out, This could be you!” “You aren’t safe either.” This is why hate crime is more serious than the crime itself. People who commit hate crimes are terrorists in the purest definition of the word.

    So I have to ask: You’re not “soft” on American terrorists, are you?

  • http://ptt-blog.blogspot.com Andy Armitage

    I found this post interesting enough to blog on the UK Pink Triangle humanist blog (http://ptt-blog.blogspot.com) I’m chief writer for. Nice blog (yours, I mean). Keep up the good work.

  • Chuck

    As usual, the far right fails to grasp that gay does not equal “will have sex w/anything”, and continues to play the “Christians are a persecuted majority” card…also, isn’t this whole “gay re-education” trend an extension of tactics used by Hitler back in the day?

  • Larry B.

    All minorities have rights. Hate Crime laws allow certain minorities to have more rights than others. So much for equal protection under the law.

  • Steven Terrell

    Of course SPLC would support H.R. 1913 and S. 909. They and their supporters want to shut up anyone who doesn’t agree with them. They will never make these bills into law.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Is there any way possible to sue these bastards until we even own their false teeth and empty heads (Nice flower vases, eh??? As in “Geranium In the Cranium!”)
    More unbelievable are the idiots that believe this crap!!! I realize one cannot make stupidity and ignorance a crime. There ought to be something, short of a painful, painful experience to bring these people to their senses…Good Lord, Amighty!
    What can you expect from a dupe such as Alsee Hastings, from Florida, no less? The fluoride in his tooth paste must have addled his brain cells. Why do we have to put up with this foolish nonsense any longer?

    How about using slander, character assassination, and defamation of character against these self-righteous oddballs?
    I await some sensible answers to this disgusting situation regarding the RRR.
    RRR = KKK
    GMMelby, Pastor/Chaplain (Ret.)

  • Martha Wenstrand

    It never ceases to amaze and also scare me that the conservatives led by the Focus on the Family folks and also the various hate groups believe so strongly that GLBT folks are deviants, perverts etc and should be treated as if they are second class people, sick and need to be judged. deprogrammed etc. I used to work with folks who believd such people to be an abomination who would burn in hell unless they were sent to treatment to be deprogrammed.

  • Marisa

    ANYONE who continues to fall for, promote, or excuse the lies of the GOP, most particularly the rants of the “religious right,” is an enabler and should be ashamed.

  • http://Nebraskamilitia.com Rudy

    Do hate crimes also protect conservatives from slander by the media, and liberals?

  • Jay

    Lou Sheldon and the Traditional Values Coalition are still distributing these same lies. I received an e-mail this morning that contained the following:

    Democrat Admits ‘Hate Crime’ Bill Will Protect 30 Sexual Orientations

    May 20, 2009 – During floor debate on H.R. 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) admitted that this so-called “hate crimes” bill will protect the 30 mostly bizarre sexual orientations listed by the American Psychiatric Association.

    These 30 sexual orientations/paraphilias are among numerous listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) and in other psychiatric literature.

    After ridiculing his Republican colleagues for proposing an amendment to exclude these 30 orientations from H.R. 1913, Hastings openly admitted that they would be included as protected federal categories under civil rights laws – and he approves of this coverage.

    TAKE ACTION: This is why the U.S. Senate must be bombarded with emails and phone calls to urge a NO vote on S. 909.

    Read More – Share This – Take Action

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    LGBT Lies About ‘Sexual Orientation’ And ‘Gender Identity’

    May 20, 2009 – LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) groups are clearly upset about TVC’s aggressive opposition to the passage of hate crime legislation and the inclusion of undefined “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” in the so-called hate crime bills, H.R. 1913 and S. 909.

    The publication of our report on the 30 Sexual Orientations listed by the American Psychiatric Association as Paraphilias, has the LGBT crowd going crazy. They’re scrambling to craft responses and muddy the waters over what is or is not a “sexual orientation.”

    During the debate over passage of H.R. 1913, lesbian activist Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) was repeatedly asked by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to define “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the bill. She refused to do so. She refused because the LGBT crowd wants the flexibility to add whatever “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” they wish in the future. Their ever-expanding definitions will protect a whole range of serious mental disorders in the future.

    Read More – Share This

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    ‘Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders’ Under Attack By LGBT Activists

    May 20, 2009 – LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender) activists are attempting to have a number of Paraphilias removed from the upcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR).

    The DSM is the American Psychiatric Association’s manual that categorizes and defines what is or is not a mental disorder. It is used by physicians nationwide for insurance purposes and for diagnosing mental problems.

    The DSM has been revised several times over the past decades. It has been the target of LGBT activists because it originally included homosexuality as a mental disorder.

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    Liberal Columnist Opposes Hate Crime Legislation

    May 20, 2009 – Nat Hentoff, a supporter of the ACLU and long-time liberal has published a column critical of so-called “hate crime” legislation.

    Hentoff points out that hate crime legislation – such as H.R. 1913 and S. 909 in the Senate, criminalize the thoughts of a person.

    He also notes that hate crime laws treat people differently under the law based on what class they belong to. The 14th Amendment requires that all Americans be treated equally under the law. Yet, hate crime legislation treats federally-protected classes differently than the rest of us.

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  • Carter

    To those who remember the 1980′s, the private psychiatric hospitals made a fortune out of the “Diseasing of America”. In several books (some written by Dr. Stanton Peele), the private “treatment” programs were eager to label most everything from “compulsive shopping”, eating, to masturbating – a disease. And developed the appropriate “treatment program” to deal with this form of malady. This is also where we get the non-profession diagnosis; “co-dependency”, “sexual addiction”, & several other non-peer reviewed labels that are akin to snake-oil for the public to be swindled.

    In was the format of “Sexual Addiction” that really put wind in the sails of those who sought to “cure” those who happen to be gay.

    Some professional organizations rallied & realized that such labeling would be the death of insurance claims for many legitimate mental health issues until some of the simplest (bi-polar disorder, depression, etc) were all that were left to be used as inclusive for insurance reimbursement. Thus mental health treatment became a ping-pong ball bouncing between non-licensed insurance auditors & private hospitals trying to make a buck.
    MOST of these bizarre “sexual re-orientation” programs are private, often religious-based milieu. But some are based at private hospitals or “treatment facilities”. On occasion they have a licensed professional using creative writing skills to find insurance reimbursement via mental health coverage.

    The reason I even mention this is that every time some private hospital bilks some insurance company – the cycle is fuel for the fire of limiting coverage for legitimate needs of the public. The snake-oil cycle must end & we need to stop victimizing a large segment of society.

    {See: Dr. Stanton Peele, “Addiction Treatment Out of Control” ISBN 0-395-58802-2
    & “Love & Addiction” (The misdiagnosis approach to dysfunctional relationships)

  • GENO (Valkyrie’s Warrior)

    “Lying” has always been a tool the neo-Cons and wing-nut extremists of the very far right, uses on the average gullible dimwit. Probably because they know that “fear” works well in the minds of these so called “God fearing people”, in other words–”Christians”.

    But sadly for the white supremacists, the vast majority of “pedophiles” registered in the sex crime database(sex offender registry), higher than 77% are white.

    “Incest” as we all know, was(and still is) commonly practiced in small town hick family households, comprised of poor white folks, hence inbreeding came about…….
    Then racism is naturally spoken in these lesser communities. As hate crimes became a sport, including but not limiting itself to rapes, murders and vandalism.

    I praise the Obama administration’s efforts at expanding the hate crime laws in the books. For this cycle of ruthless violence must end. So far, Barack Obama is living up to 99% of his promises, thus far.

  • Ajamarie

    This is sick. Just another example of the right twists and turns things around to brainwash the fear-driven masses who are not smart enough to question anything. Everyone knows there is a difference between orientation and devience. The right knows it too, thats why they use this angle. THINK THINK THINK!

  • http://exaggerator.blogdrive.com/ The Exaggerator

    And let’s not forget where apartheid South Africa wasn’t very kind to homosexuals or homosexuality as much as it was ballistic about “miscegenation” and interracial relations….